Carol Thatcher, daughter of the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, reports that her mother has suffered from dementia for at least 7 years. As a family member, as Carol Thatcher is to the Iron Lady, caring for someone suffering with dementia can be incredibly difficult. There are many things that need to be altered in the way that you communicate with someone suffering from dementia. One change that would be difficult for someone like Carol with such a high-standing mother is to Ask Simple Questions to avoid confusion and upset. Bethany Homes website features many more tips on how to interact with someone that has dementia and how to care for them compassinately. At least we know that Thatcher isn’t alone and has her family’s love and support behind her. This is something that affects so many poeple though. Luckily there are places that can help cater to people with dementia, so that they have the best life. They don’t have to sit and just watch the tv anymore, instead they can go out and try things like crafting for dementia patients or even playing bingo or spending more time with their family. The world is changing and it is certainly making things a lot easier for people with dementia.
Carol Thatcher said the first sign of dementia appeared when her mother was about 75, when she confused the Falklands and Bosnian conflicts in a conversation over lunch.
“I nearly fell off my chair,” Carol Thatcher wrote, according to excerpts of the book which will be published next month. “Watching her struggle with her words and her memory, I couldn’t believe it. She was in her 75th year but I had always thought of her as ageless, timeless and 100 per cent cast-iron damage-proof.”
UPDATE: Have added “President Putin of Germany” and “Confuses Somalia & Sudan” at the bottom.
John McCain misspoke and confused his African countries while talking to reporters on the Straight Talk Express [on 7/1/08]. This time, he was bailed out not by Joe Lieberman, but by his close aide Mark Salter. “How can we bring pressure on the government of Somalia?” McCain asked, which prompted Mark Salter to correct him. “Sudan,” Salter said. “Sudan,” McCain repeated. “There’s a realpolitik side of my view of the conduct of American foreign policy.”
cross-posted at BMG